6 surprising signs of sleep apnea

The main symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are loud snoring or choking during sleep. Other lesser-known signs of this condition may surprise you.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes the throat muscles to repeatedly relax during sleep. This blocks your air passage and interrupts your breathing. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Loud snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep, and waking up gasping or gagging are common symptoms of this condition. But other signs of obstructive sleep apnea may surprise you.

Surprising signs of sleep apnea

1 You always seem to have a headache in the morning

Most of the time you wake up in the morning with a headache that can last several hours after you wake up. The pain is usually localized at the front of your head and on both sides. You may feel like your head is tense.

2 You cannot concentrate during the day

You may have trouble concentrating as obstructive sleep apnea makes it difficult to get adequate restful sleep. Write down how often you have trouble concentrating at work, at school, or on a project. You may also fall asleep or doze off while reading, watching TV, or driving.

3 You have mood swings: You feel irritable or depressed

You often feel angry or annoyed even in the face of minor disagreements. They may also feel generally depressed or sad and cry frequently.

4 You sweat constantly while you sleep

Regularly waking up in sweaty sheets and pajamas can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.

5 You rarely feel like having sex

Obstructive sleep apnea can lower your libido.

6 You often wake up with a sore throat – but you are not sick

You may wake up with a dry and/or sore throat due to repeated gasping, choking, and blockages in airflow during sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition. Consult your doctor if you regularly experience symptoms or if your partner regularly complains about your loud snoring.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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